MATSITI has signed an historic agreement with Catholic Education SA as lead agency to increase the number and professional capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers in Catholic schools across the nation.
The initiative is auspiced by the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) to enable all Catholic education jurisdictions to attract and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into a successful teaching career.
Deliverables for the national project include:
- National Catholic Education network collaboration
- Audit and evaluation of recruitment processes
- Data collection in participating jurisdictions
- National and local marketing and recruitment strategies
- Action and succession planning frameworks
- Connections with local MATSITI initatives
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, and human resources delegates from all Catholic Education Commissions met in Adelaide on 23 June to ratify terms of reference and begin planning and implementing the project in 2014-15.
It is great to see the formation of this national network. By promoting Catholic Education as an “Employer of Choice” for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, I am certain there will be long term benefits not only for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their families and communities but for all families and students enrolled in Catholic Education.
A workforce that is more inclusive of the richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities strengthens the work of the Catholic church and our educational sector.
We will be enriched by this initiative and its outcomes.
Dr Paul Sharkey, Former Director, Catholic Education South Australia
Catholic education principles of integrity, fairness and reconciliation provide rich learning opportunities for the diversity of students in Australian classrooms today.
This partnership has great potential to attract and support our children and people into education and provide deeper cultural experiences for all students, staff and community in the Catholic education community.
Professor Peter Buckskin, MATSITI Director
The Catholic Education ‘Tier 1’ initiative has been funded by MATSITI following an open call for expressions of interest in late 2013.